New York Giants: Tom Coughlin Not Thinking Retirement, Will Go Year to Year

Doug RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 22, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants watches his team defeat the San Francisco 49ers on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.   The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The head coach of the New York Giants doesn't sound like he's ready to walk away anytime soon.

Tom Coughlin has served as head coached in the NFL for the Giants the last nine seasons and won two Super Bowls in that capacity, along with another as their receivers coach in 1990. He will return in search of his fourth ring in 2013.

According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the 66-year-old Coughlin isn't looking to retire anytime soon.

"I approach each year the way I always approach them, and the energy is flowing well and I'm excited about it," Coughlin added. "I'm looking forward to this offseason and getting our football team together again. Maybe at some point I'll get the message, but it certainly isn't right now."

What sparked all of the retirement talk surrounding Coughlin was an interview recently conducted by Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger with current Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, who felt that 2013 could be the final hurrah for Coughlin.

"But I think he has one more in him," said Thomas, a second-round pick in 2008 who missed the past two seasons with ACL injuries. "We have a great nucleus of guys, and I don't think he wants to give that up. That passion is still burning within him. He's in that facility all day every day; he's going crazy not being able to coach and watch film. He lives and breathes football. He has everybody in there all day, every day, in the offseason."

It's so hard to get a feel for Coughlin because he's still has great passion for the game and never be entirely reading for leaving the NFL

From the way he acts on the field, the film room and the locker room, you would think he's 36; not 66.

When brought up with Thomas' comments, Coughlin wasn't sure why one of his own players brought up the retirement talk.

"I tried to think of something funny to say, but I don't know what to say about it," Coughlin said during his media availability at the NFL scouting combine. "I don't even know how a young man would come to that statement."

The Giants head coach is 83-61 in the nine seasons he's been at the helm with an 8-3 playoff record that includes two Super Bowl victories with the Giants.

It's very rare that you see an NFL head coach go into their 70's while as a head coach; Marv Levy of the Buffalo Bills coached until he was 72.

Most coaches end up retiring late in their 60's, but Coughlin is not like any other coach in the NFL.

Coughlin is as passionate about coaching in the NFL as he was the first day he walked in as head coach of the then-expansion Jacksonville Jaguars back in 1995 and, in 2004, with the Giants.

By the time the 2013 season starts, Coughlin will have turned 67 years old and will still retain the distinction of oldest head coach in the NFL.

According to Youngmisuk, Coughlin isn't thinking about the future but, instead, taking it one season at a time.

"Seriously, I've got goals. I've got things I want to get done," Coughlin added. "I've got a foundation. I've got a family. I've got all these things that I would still very much like to accomplish and be a part of this great New York Giant organization. To think beyond those years, no. One at a time. Next year. Let's talk about next year. Then after next year, we'll talk about the following year."

Honestly, that's the best approach for Coughlin to take at this stage of his career.

It's not like his job security will ever be brought into question, especially since he has won a second Super Bowl with the Giants, boosting him to an impressive 8-3 postseason record as Giants head coach.

As of right now, Coughlin's contract will expire after the 2014 season, but like he said, he's not thinking that far into the future.

Right now, Coughlin's getting prepared to coach his 10th season with the Giants and hope to get his team to a third Super Bowl in seven seasons.

Who knows? Maybe getting a third Super Bowl by winning it in his own building and taking one last ride with a Lombardi Trophy down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City and celebrating in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey could be enough for Coughlin to call it a career.

I guess Coughlin will have to cross that bridge if he gets there.

As of now, he's anxious to prepare for another season of coaching in a position he has excelled at.